Sustainable Soy in Brazil
Reducing deforestation in the Amazon
Cargill is building on more than 15 years of progress to protect the Amazon and advance sustainable soy production in Brazil, the world’s second largest producer of soybeans. We work with thousands of soy farmers at all levels of production across the country and collaborate with industry, government and NGO partners.
Our Policy and Commitment
We worked together with trusted advisors and local stakeholders to develop a Policy on South American Soy, which captures our commitment to a transparent and sustainable South American soy supply chain.
- Cargill will transform our supply chain to be deforestation free while protecting native vegetation
- Cargill will promote responsible production, which benefits farmers and surrounding communities
- Cargill respect and uphold the rights of workers, indigenous peoples and communities
- Cargill will uphold high standards of transparency through reporting of key metrics, progress and grievances
Our commitment is guided by our purpose, which we can only deliver through responsible trade and free commodity markets – the backbone of a fully functioning global food system. Through free and fair trade, we connect societies facing shortages in soy and its derivatives to the South American soy supply chain – providing access to the most favorable markets for producers with customers around the world.
We will deliver with our eye on long-term, sector- and landscape-wide transformation. We will enact changes in our direct supply chain while working in close collaboration with critical stakeholders, including our direct and indirect suppliers, customers, communities, governments, non-governmental organizations, academia and others as necessary, to achieve our commitment.
We will participate in industry and multi-stakeholder forums, and engage with governments to achieve sector-wide and lasting sustainability impacts.
Soy Action Plan
Our Soy Action Plan is an important component of the comprehensive actions we are taking across our supply chains to increase transparency and advance our sustainability commitments.
The actions outlined in the plan are designed around three core concepts:
- Complete a comprehensive risk assessment of our soy supply chains direct and indirect suppliers.
- Prioritize resources where we can have the greatest impact.
- Focus on long-term, sector- and landscape-wide transformation to ensure both sustainability values and agricultural development simultaneously thrive.
We continue to work with farmers to focus on the effective implementation of the Brazilian Forest Code and uphold robust internal controls to prevent purchases of products that are from non-compliant areas.
We believe the most effective way to reduce deforestation in Brazil is through effective implementation of the Brazilian Forest Code. We support programs to provide farmers with training on the code. For example, through Soja Mais Sustentável – a partnership with The Natural Conservancy (TNC).
Cargill does not do business with producers who violate the Code. We have internal controls to prevent purchases of products that are from non-compliant areas as identified by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (IBAMA). We have established procurement criteria and strict procedures to avoid sourcing from embargoed areas and ensure the commercialization of products originated only from areas that comply with the Brazilian law.